McDermott earns NCHC defenseman honor

Published: February 24, 2014, 6:53 pm, by Joe Paisley

McDermott2013-14Colorado College senior Eamonn McDermott was named as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defenseman of the week with offensive honors to Nebraska-Omaha junior Josh Archibald. North Dakota freshman forward Luke Johnson was named as the rookie honoree while UND sophomore Zane Gothberg was named as the top goaltender.

Here’s the league write-up:

DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK

Eamonn McDermott, Colorado College

Senior Defenseman,  Shaker Heights, Ohio

McDermott led Colorado College to its first sweep of the season with a pair of wins over rival Denver to claim the Gold Pan trophy. The team captain dished out a pair of assists in the series, while posting a +3 rating and blocking eight shots. He also helped limit the Pioneers to three goals all weekend while anchoring a penalty kill unit that went 7-for-8. On Friday at Denver, McDermott set up the first goal of the game in the first period to put the Tigers in front, while he was +2 and blocked four shots in a 3-2 victory. A night later in front of his home crowd, the senior blocked four more shots and tallied the primary assist on the game-winning goal late in the third period that broke a 1-1 tie. McDermott posted a +1 rating in the 3-1 win that clinched the Gold Pan and helped CC go 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Other CC nominees:

Offense, Alexander Krushelnyski, Sr., F, CC – Recorded two points and put 13 shots on goal in a sweep of rival Denver, assisting on the game-winning goal in the third period Friday, while scoring an empty-netter Saturday to seal the win, which was his 100th career point, as he also had a  +2 rating

Rookie, Alex Roos, Fr., F, CC – Tallied two points in a sweep of rival Denver, assisting on the game-winning goal in the third period Friday, while scoring his first career game-winning goal late in the third period Saturday to clinch the Gold Pan when he had a +1 rating

Goalie, Josh Thorimbert, Sr., G, CC – Collected a pair of wins to lead CC to a sweep of rival Denver, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .944 save percentage in the series, as he stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 road win Friday, while adding 25 saves in a 3-1 win Saturday, helping the Tigers go 7-for-8 on the penalty kill on the weekend.